Fragile! Handle with care!
On a hot August morning
1979, curious Aurovilians gathered in one of the straw huts of
Aspiration to watch a baby girl being born. After a couple of
days, the parents thought it might be a cool idea to call her
something; why not Savitri?! And that's how I arrived in this
beautiful land, a naked little girl running about the huts, playing
with just about anything for dolls were not available in those
Growing up in Auroville
was very special. Many children had ponies and we would gather
and go riding throughout the land with a feeling of ultimate,
unlimited freedom. There were very few fences and we could go
everywhere. These were the days when joy was found in simplicity,
for material comfort and artificial entertainment were non-existent.
That was the magic of my childhood.
School was a great learning
experience. When I was a small child, someone told me that school
was a fantastic tool to develop and broaden the mind as sports
develops and broadens the capacities of the body. So, I was a
good student and elders had great expectations from a 'child of
But, as every adolescent, I went through this phase when one has
to become something but does not know what yet and waits for the
day when one KNOWS.
That's when I became classified as a 'waste case'! In most cultures,
it is expected from young people to find a profession, a family
and a house as most essential things in life. Auroville was created
as an experimental place to find new and truer values in life,
which made my adolescence all the more difficult, sometimes very
frustrating and sometimes very enlightening.
How does one know how the Divine has planned to use us in his
Work? It is a very delicate problem to handle: 'Fragile! Handle
with Care.' The answer only comes with a complete and thorough
surrender to His Will. This is one of the most precious lessons,
growing up here, has taught me. Another one is that no one except
the Divine himself and only Him can judge me and help me discover
This is what gave me the strength and courage to try and become
myself despite all external judgments, which can often be flattering
or discouraging and even depressing at moments, but false most
of the time. How boring it is to hide in all these artificial
and mental constructions we have built to fill the void of the
unanswered question! Life is an extraordinary and infinite learning
process. What a Grace and a Joy to be a part of it.
I believe that Auroville
will have reached its perfection the day when all Aurovilians
will stop pretending and start manifesting the Truth of their
beings. On this day, Love, Peace and Harmony will flow for Unity
will be, Falsehood will have nothing left to hold unto and a New
Life will begin..
Who ever said something
about Aurovilians lacking work?!